The note below was posted on the mailing list of the Association for
Recorded Sound Collections...
To which I will add, that I had some exchange with Richard. His label,
like mine, was distributed by Albany. Richard was always interested in
exploring the literature...I would send him broadcast recordings from
my collection. He was generous with copies of his releases.
While I did not know him personally, I admired what he was able to
Richard Kapp, a man dear and generous both to the music and
the public radio worlds has just died on Sunday at his home
in Danbury, Connecticut at the age of 69. He was conductor
and founder of the Philharmonia Virtuosi, the owner of ESS.A.Y.
Recordings, and a frequent presenter and vendor at AMPPR
conferences. Some of the most enjoyable discs (to me) issued
by the label in recent years include "Musical Evenings with the
Captain" and "Roast Beef of Old England"--albums inspired by
Patrick O'Brian's series of Master and Commander novels.
His obituary is in today's New York Times at
Thomas H. Pease
Library of Congress